Alternative Mid-Century Modern

Virginia Beach, VA

Type/ Residential
Time/ 2018-Present
Client/ Private
Status/ Design

The site of this project is surrounded by lavish woods and an inviting creek. Although the project is located in a suburban neighborhood in Virginia Beach, the surrounding neighbor’s homes are not in view, and it feels like you are in a vacation home in the beautiful countryside. The original design of the house did not fully take advantage of the beautiful site in terms of including outdoor living spaces and creating functional and attractive indoor-outdoor relationships. As lovers of Mid-century Modern style, the clients of the Seahorse project did not like the original colonial style exterior of the house. GARC completely transforms the image, style and experience of the house by making significant modifications on the exterior facades, and more importantly, introducing a beautiful series of outdoor living spaces.
Seahorse Residence Sketch
Seahorse Residence Sketch

A composition of different siding material and minor modifications of roof structure creates the Mid-century Modern aesthetic while taking advantage of the asymmetrical gable roof of the front facade, and existing openings.

A series of outdoor living spaces are added on the side of the house connecting to the existing back deck. The space creates a buffer and active interface between what is man-made and Nature. It not only cultivates an enjoyable  outdoor experience, but it also creates and enhances the indoor-outdoor relationship. Being able to obtain the variance approval allowed GARC to tackle the home’s challenges along the side of the house.  One of those challenges included the location of the home’s main entrance. GARC used the landscape design features to effectively help guide guests and visitors locate the entrance.

Seahorse Residence Mockup
Seahorse Residence Mockup

Seahorse Residence Mockup Exterior
Seahorse Residence Mockup Exterior
Seahorse Residence Mockup Exterior
Seahorse Residence Mockup Exterior